Turf Wars: Mitt Romney Campaigns In Rick Perry's Texas (The Note)


WHAT WOULD AMERICA LOOK LIKE UNDER A 'PRESIDENT PERRY'? "Well, if Rick Perry's Texas is any indication, the country could look forward to 85 mph speed limits, hog hunting from helicopters and a security check 'fast-lane' for concealed handgun carriers," ABC's Amy Bingham writes. "The Lone Star State will usher in about 700 new laws when its fiscal year begins Thursday that include everything from legalizing 'noodling,' a type of fishing where people catch catfish with their bare hands, to raising the maximum speed limit on some state highways to 85 mph, the fastest in the country. 'The Texas legislature is often a circus of curious legislation. You can go to any session and pull out a few things that are unusual to say the least,' said Jim Henson, the director of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin." More highlights from Texas' hundreds of new laws: http://abcn.ws/mXnbvP

AS OBAMA PREPARES JOBS ROLLOUT, DEMOCRATS HAVE DEMANDS. "Many Democrats say they want to hear a forceful presidential push for new stimulus spending and middle-class tax cuts, with less emphasis on deficit reduction and government spending cuts they say could stunt job creation and hamper economic recovery," ABC's Devin Dwyer reports. "Others, rankled by the administration's willingness to compromise with Republicans during the recent debt ceiling debate, also want Obama to draw a clearer line in the sand over tax hikes for the wealthy and protecting entitlement programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid, from cuts. Obama needs to stop 'nibbling around the edge,' AFL-CIO chief Richard Trumka told reporters last week, as he criticized the administration's economic strategy. 'History will judge him, and I think working people will judge him.' 'Unemployment is unconscionable,' said an exasperated Rep. Maxine Waters at a Congressional Black Caucus town hall meeting earlier this month. 'We don't know what his strategy is.'" http://abcn.ws/qvNDOA

CHRISTINE O'DONNELL TO JOIN PALIN IN IOWA. "Sarah Palin will headline a tea party rally Saturday outside Des Moines, Iowa, in what will be watched for signs the former Alaska governor is slowly building a presidential campaign," notes the Wall Street Journal's Danny Yadron. "Her opening act: former U.S. Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell of Delaware, perhaps best known for her campaign ad, 'I'm not a witch.' 'We're just kind of loading up the bases, aren't we?' Ken Crow, event organizer and president of Tea Party of America, told Washington Wire. 'Hey, we got an open slot.' The Des Moines Register first reported the news that Ms. O'Donnell, who just wrote an autobiography, will also speak. Mr. Crow said his group's co-founder Charlie Gruschow was approached Monday by someone -- Mr. Crow didn't know who -- about having Ms. O'Donnell speak at Saturday's 'Restoring America' rally in Indianola, Iowa. Palin aides signed off on Ms. O'Donnell's appearance, Mr. Crow said." http://on.wsj.com/qrrbR1

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